Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and his talents were on full display on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. In fact, Atlanta’s star pass-catcher surpassed the 300-yard mark (yes, in a single game) with this highly explosive, 75-yard touchdown catch that effectively put the game away for the Falcons.
With the Falcons leading 34-26 in the closing minutes, Jones snatched a crossing route from quarterback Matt Ryan and did the lion’s share of his work with his legs, zooming beyond Atlanta’s franchise record with 12 catches for 300 yards and a touchdown on the day. Jones finished the 2015 season as the NFL’s leading receiver with 1,871 yards while solidifying his status as one of the game’s elite, but in terms of a single-game performance, this is his finest hour to this point.
In fact, Jones became one of only six players in NFL history to reach the 300-yard mark in a single game.
For good measure, Jones aided his quarterback as well, with Matt Ryan setting the Falcons franchise record with 503 passing yards. More than 60 percent of that accumulation came in conjunction with Jones, though, and the All-Pro wide receiver was singularly dominant in buoying Atlanta to an important home victory over a division rival.
Julio Jones might be an alien and Sunday’s performance won’t do anything to dissuade NFL fans from that belief.